Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Communicating with Nosy Neighbors

Communicating Displeasure with Nosy Neighbors Using Your Wi-Fi

Nosy neighbors would find a way to latch on to your Wi-Fi network and use up your precious bandwidth. This may happen if the neighbour visits your home and you give your network information to help them connect to your Wi-Fi. Instead of forgetting your Wi-Fi details on their smartphone, they continue to use the Internet from your network. At times, it may come as a surprise to you as you don’t remember sharing your network details with the neighbour. In such cases, you need to find a polite way of communicating displeasure with nosy neighbors using your Wi-Fi. Let us have a look at the simplest method that will show you how to communicate your displeasure with neighbours using your Wi-Fi network.

How to Check If Someone is Stealing Your Wi-Fi?

Do you find your YouTube videos taking more than the usual time to buffer? Does your bandwidth in case of data packs suddenly get depleted even without using much of it? Is your Internet working at tortoise pace rather than the bullet speed promised by your ISP? Well, then it might be a case of stolen Wi-Fi.

In order to be doubly sure before jumping to any conclusions, there are many ways that help you check if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi. You could try using apps for free that help you check for any unauthorized devices. Some of these apps include F-Secure Router Checker, Fing, Wireless Network Watcher, etc.

You could even log into your router admin page and check for MAC addresses that do not belong to you. All you need to do is type the default ‘192.168.1.’ or ‘’. Enter your default username and password and secure access to the admin page. You need to find ‘wireless status’ or ‘wireless configuration’ or ‘DHCP client’ list. Here, you will be able to see the sex MAC addresses of the devices that have logged into your network. This means, if there are only 3 devices in your home using the network, the other 3 obviously belong to unauthorized devices.

It is important to note at times, other devices such as your gaming consoles, printers, old mobiles connected to the wireless network may show up in the list of MAC address. Thus, better be sure by using apps or websites such as macvendors.com to find which device the address belongs to.

How to Keep Away Nosy Neighbors from Using Your Wi-Fi?

If someone is using your Wi-Fi, then the best way to keep them out is by using a stronger passkey and encryption method. Change the password/passkey/PSK of the network from the admin page of the router. You should also change the encryption to WPA2. This will make sure they will not be able to log in into you wireless network. If they try then they need to ask you for the new password/passkey, which you can politely decline.

On a Lighter Note..

While you are changing your password/passkey, you could change your SSID as well. The SSID is the unique name you give your wireless network for identification. Try using a new SSID such as ‘Get Your Own Wi-Fi’ or ‘Stealing Wi-Fi is an Annoying Habit’. This way you could get your feelings across and the person stealing your Wi-Fi will know that you know! This may dissuade them from stealing your Wi-Fi in future.

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